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Philly Cheese Steak Cheeseburgers

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Have you ever been to Philadelphia and had a real cheese steak sandwich? 

I was visiting a friend in Philly when I was in college and he took me to Pat’s. 

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Apparently, everyone is either a Pat’s or a Geno’s person.  He was a Pat’s person, so that is where we went. 

Now, if you have never been to this place, there is a very specific way you are supposed to order your sandwich, or else they send you to the back of the line.  I’m not sure if that is true or not, but the line was enormous and I was not trying to go to the back. 

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I wanted a cheese steak with provolone cheese and onions.  When I finally made it to the front of the line and it was my turn to order, I said “I want a cheese steak with provolone with” because to order onions you say ‘”with” and to order with out onions you say “without.”  Seems simple right? 

So, I’m not a loud person, and I’m actually pretty shy in uncomfortable situations.  And, well, I don’t know if I was just too quiet when I ordered or what, but the person thought I said “Whiz” which is what you say when you want Cheez Whiz and I was too afraid they would send me to the back of the line so I didn’t correct them and tell them that I said “with” for onions and I ended up with a cheese steak with Cheez Whiz.  

And it was awesome.  Best ordering mistake of my life.

I went with the classic provolone for these burgers, but you could easily switch it out for Cheez Whiz, if you are so inclined.

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Start off with some bell peppers and onions.

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Get those caramelizing in a little olive oil.  Grilled peppers and onions make everything better. 

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Divide a pound of lean ground beef into 4 patties.

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Season those with seasoning salt.  This is the best all purpose seasoning I know of. 

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Grill up your burgers, and top them with provolone.

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I always pour a little water into the pan.  The steam really helps with getting the cheese melted. 

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Top your burgers with the grilled peppers and onions.  Simple and delicious, and reminiscent of a scary trip to your favorite Philly Cheese Steak establishment.

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Philly Cheese Steak Cheeseburgers

makes 4 burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1-2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 4 slices of provolone cheese
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 4 hamburger buns

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Sauté onions and peppers until they are caramelized and tender.
  2. Meanwhile, divide ground beef into 4 equal patties.  Season both sides of the patties with seasoning salt.
  3. Grill patties until they are cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Once burgers are almost cooked, top each with a slice of provolone cheese. 
  5. Drizzle 3 tbsp of water into the pan with the burgers.  The steam will help to melt the cheese.
  6. Transfer the burgers to the buns and top each with 1/4 of the onions and peppers.
  7. Top burgers with your favorite Philly Cheese Steak toppings.
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Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce

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Let me tell you a secret…

I didn’t have buffalo chicken wings until college. 

I know!  I can’t believe it either.  It was just not something that my parents ever made, or ordered in restaurants.  I never saw any of my friends eat them, either, so I never thought to eat them. 

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Until happy hour when I was in college.  That’s right.  I was at least 21 years old when I first had buffalo wings. 

We had two main places for happy hour in college.  Tia’s, a Mexican restaurant with free chips and salsa and $1 beers and margaritas, and Chili’s, where they served $2 beers, but had free buffalo wings.  More expensive beers, but an arguably better free food choice!  After those {very} happy {many} hours in college, I can say I was hooked on those spicy little wings.

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Let me tell you another secret…

A few years ago, I got 4th place in a local wing eating contest.  I am truly embarrassed to admit that I ate 40 wings in 10 minutes during the qualifying round, and at the main contest, I ate 78 wings during 2 rounds totaling 17 minutes. 

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Yea.  It was disgusting.  And trust me when I say it was a looooong time before I ate wings again.

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Eventually my love for those little wings, and the flavor combination of spicy buffalo sauce and blue cheese, returned.   I won’t eat 78 wings as fast as I can, but I will enjoy an order here and there, especially during a football game!

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These burgers combine the classic flavors of buffalo chicken wings (even the celery!) into a tasty, mess free sandwich.  (Isn’t getting your hands and face all sauced up the worst part of wings!?) 

Top your burgers with this special creamy blue cheese sauce for an all out wing-like experience!

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

makes 4 burgers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb extra lean ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 tbsp hot sauce*
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 Hamburger buns

*A note about the hot sauce-this amount will vary depending on the heat of your sauce.  I used a hot sauce from Aldi, which I would compare to Franks Red Hot in the level of heat and its taste.  If you are using a hotter sauce (like Tabasco), use less (unless you like it really spicy!

Directions

  1. In a medium pan, sauté the onions and celery in the olive oil.  Do not brown them, but cook them until they are soft, about 5 minutes.  Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients (except buns!) with cooled onions and celery.  Mix until well combined and the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Form meat mixture into 4 equal sized patties.
  4. Heat a grill pan or grill to medium high heat.  Cook burgers for about 6 minutes a side until cooked through (you don’t want to eat raw or undercooked chicken!). 
  5. Serve on buns with creamy blue cheese sauce.

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Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce

 

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks celery, very finely chopped
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 8-oz container light sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
  2. Serve on burgers, or with additional celery and carrots for dipping.

 

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How many wings do you think you can eat in 10 minutes?

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Caprese Panini

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There are some foods that just go together…

Peanut butter and chocolate.

Bacon and Eggs.

French Fries and milkshakes…just me on that one?

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Speaking of basil, look at the size of this leaf!  It was literally as big as my hand.

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Sweet tomatoes + gooey, melty mozzarella + huge basil leaves + crispy, toasty ciabatta rolls= a warm, tasty, and satisfying sandwich for lunch.

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I used my Cuisinart Griddler to make this pannini, but I’m sure you can just use a grill pan, or even just a skillet.  It may be more of a grilled cheese than a pannini, but it will taste just the same.

It seems almost silly to give a recipe for a sandwich, especially when the ingredients are so simple.  But here is the method I used:

Caprese Pannini

Ingredients

  • Ciabatta roll (or bread of your choice, 2 slices if using sliced bread)
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Heat your griddler or grill pan to medium high.
  2. Assemble your sandwich in the following order: bottom bread, cheese, tomatoes, basil leaves, cheese, top bread.  By putting the cheese on the outside of the tomatoes, you will avoid gettin soggy bread.
  3. Drizzle the top of the sandwich with a small amount of olive oil  and brush it around to coat the bread.
  4. Flip the sandwich and place the oiled side of the bread onto the griddler or pan.  Drizzle more olive oil on top and brush it around
  5.  Close the griddler and cook for 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasty.  If you are using a pan, flip the sandwich after 3-4 minutes and cook the other side.

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